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2017 National Championships

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The 2017 National Championships are the first National Championships events taking place since the reintroduction of Nationals in 2017.[1] They are taking place across three weekends in 2017 in 73 countries, and feature Standard and Booster Draft.

Announcement[edit | edit source]

The return of Nationals was announced on February 8th, 2017. These were initially determined to be Standard only, and the top Pro Point earner in the previous season for each country, being already qualified for the World Magic Cup, could not participate. However, following a reevaluation after feedback from the Magic community, changes to Nationals announced on April 18th, 2017 included that the events will be split-format events with both Standard and Booster Draft, and that the top Pro Point earner would be eligible to participate.

Qualification[edit | edit source]

Silver, Gold, and Platinum members of the Pro Players Club are invited, as well as members of the Hall of Fame. Most players, however, earn their invites by earning a sufficient number of yearly Planeswalker Points during the previous season. The number of points required varies for each country.

Points required for invitation Points required for one-round bye Countries
100 1500 Belarus, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Guatemala, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Northern Ireland, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey, Uruguay, Venezuela, Wales
200 2400 Chile, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Slovak Republic, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine
300 3000 Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, England, Greece, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sweden
500 4000 Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, United States

Format and schedule[edit | edit source]

Each 2017 National Championships will be held on one of three weekends:

Date Format Countries
September 9–10 Standard and Amonkhet block Booster Draft Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Lithuania, Northern Ireland, Paraguay, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia, Sweden, Thailand, Ukraine
September 16–17 Standard and Amonkhet block Booster Draft Argentina, Austria, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Dominican Republic, England, Estonia, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Latvia, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Uruguay, Venezuela
October 14–15 Standard and Ixalan Booster Draft Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cyprus, Guatemala, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, United States, Wales

Nationals will be either one-day, two-day, or three-day events. Events with 227 or more players have 12 rounds, whereas smaller events follow the regular tournament structure.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Bergeot, Helene (2017-02-09). THE RETURN OF NATIONALS AND CHANGES TO GRAND PRIX. Wizards of the Coast.